5 Surprisingly Effective Steps to Set Your Goals (in 90 Mins or Less) | By Ruby McGuire

Bird tweeting 5 surprisingly effective steps to set your goals in less than 90 minutesAs coaches, we love goals. They're exciting, fun and they stretch us and our clients. The problem is we can end up setting goals for the sake of setting goals. And let's be honest, there are so many things we could do or want to do that it's easy to get stuck.

In this article I share a 5 Step Process for you to set some fabulous, meaningful goals. You'll need a pen, some paper or your journal and a timer.

STEP 1. Do A Mini Review (10 mins)

When setting goals, it's always good to start with the past in mind. So, let's do some time-travel and get some gems to help you create some exciting new goals. Once you know what works and what doesn't then you'll find goal setting a lot more effective.

Action: Write out your answers to the following questions. No over-analyzing, this is just a quick review. You've got 10-minutes. Ready, get set, go!

  1. What 3 lessons have you learned in the past six months?
  2. What dreams have come true?
  3. What 3 things are you most proud of yourself for?
  4. What didn't work for you?
  5. What do you need to let go of? (something you didn't achieve)
  6. What would you like to stop, start and continue?

STEP 2. Three Little Words (10 mins)

In this step we're using the power of emotion.

Action: Grab your pen, paper and set the time for 10 minutes!

  1. Start by focusing on how you want to 'feel'. Write out 3 words that will help you achieve your goals and bring you the most happiness, eg.
    • Freedom/Wealth/Family
    • Peace/Excited/Cherished
    • Organized/Positive/Fun
  2. Next write down 3 words for how you want the next 6 months or year to be (go with your gut instinct on this one).
  3. Write out how you already live those words.
  4. Answer the question, "How would my life/business be different if I allowed these 3 words to be my guide?"

STEP 3. Define Your 3 BIG Juicy Goals (30 mins)

This is the time to think really big and get excited about your goals. If they don't excite you, don't do them!

I remember when I was single my friends were always trying to matchmake me with different guys. I told them I had no intention for 'settling' for less than I wanted. I was really clear on the kind of man I wanted to meet and would wait. I apply the same principles to all my goals. So, if your goal is not a WOW - whether that's buying clothes, choosing business goals, books to read etc. then don't invest your time - no settling. (Side note - I met my "forever" guy in the end!)

Action: Pop the kettle on, put on your favourite music (you could also fire up Spotify or equivalent) and get into dream creation mode.

  1. First choose 3 empowering words and use these to guide your goal setting (as you did in Step 2).
  2. Write down what you would REALLY love to achieve.
  3. Convert this into 3 BIG juicy goals - not just the "nice to haves", but the ones that excite you from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. You can choose to do some SMART goal setting here - where you make sure your goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-related (you've probably come across these if you've done a coaching qualification).

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You could also use my FUNKY goal setting system:

  • F - Make your goal FABULOUS- It MUST excite you.
  • U - Create an UNSHAKEABLE plan - Allow time for things that might crop up. Think about the times you do your best work etc.
  • N - is for NOW. Take action. Don't just let the dust settle on it. Take one piece of action within the next 24 hours.
  • K - KEEP at it. Plan to do something every single day towards your goals.
  • Y - Say YES and commit to success! You can do it, if you just commit and follow through on your plan.

TIP: You may be tempted to create lots of goals. Don't! Choose only three, no more. When you achieve those 3 goals you can then move onto setting some more - and keep focused!

"Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning." Gloria Steinem

STEP 4. Review Your Goals (10 mins)

Sometimes we get stuck in other people's goals and set things that aren't what we desire. For example, it's easy to get caught up in, "I want to make $10K a month" so we set this as our goal, when actually that might not be our real desire.

Action: Do a mini check in to check your goals (Spend no more than 10-minutes on this):

  1. Ask yourself if these goals are what you REALLY want?
  2. Do they get you into that 'WOW' place?
  3. Moving forward, what will you be/do/have when you've achieved them?
  4. If you could have your goal right now (as in you've achieved it) would you take it? (This question is SO important)

STEP 5. Pull Together a 3-Step Action Plan for Each of Your 3 Goals (20 mins)

Now, KISS (Keep It Simple Sweetie) and set yourself 3 simple action steps for each of your 3 goals.

Action: Write out each big goal, and underneath it write down 3 actions to get you started on achieving your goal.

Here's an example:

Goal 1 - Attract 3 paying clients by (date)

  • EXAMPLE ACTION 1: Pull together a little offer that I can share with people
  • EXAMPLE ACTION 2: Write a list of 10 past clients/people I can share my offer with
  • EXAMPLE ACTION 3: Write a blog post and share the offer at the end of the post


So there you have it, 5 surprisingly effective steps to set your goals in less than 90 minutes! If you stuck to the plan then you should have 3 BIG juicy goals with powerful words to help you stay focused and a simple action plan to follow. Now you need to do the work - it's time to take action!

Let us know in the comments what you created as a result of this exercise!

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Contributing Author:

Ruby McGuire is a Business & Mindset Queen. She's an Accredited Master Coach & Master Mentor with the IAPC&M, Trainer, Inspirational Speaker and Author of multiple books. She loves helping her clients step up and become leaders (aka Queens) of their businesses. She helps her clients develop their leadership and business skills, create a success mindset and attract dreamy clients. She is a Brit on a mission to live a simpler life without marketing on social media so that she can spend more time in her beautiful Scottish surroundings. You can find her at her pretty online home, over on her podcast show, Rock Your Fabulous Biz, and here where she shares her Mini Guide to Marketing Without Social Media. When she’s not working you’ll find her surrounded by books, making hand-made cards, and enjoying life with her hubby, little dog and chickens (usually with a Whittard Vanilla cappuccino in her hand)!

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